Brouwerij West

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Blonde Ale - Belgian
Ranked #80
Ranked #39,776
3.59 | pDev: 17.83%
Brouwerij West
California, United States
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 29 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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MV_CHI-NS from Illinois

3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light gamboge/jonquil body with an isabelline head.

Aroma: Bitter malts, grains, and rather yeasty.

Taste: 'Light hops and dirty earth' were the first things that came to mind when drinking this; it reminded me of Old Style.

Mouthfeel: Considerably light carbonation - rather flat, actually.

Overall: Certainly not one of the best beers I have had, let alone one of the best blondes I have had. I had this along with Brouwerij West's 'Tripel' and was excited as it was my first time trying their beers. I don't think I will be revisiting this one.

May 11, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Venice Ale House, Venice, CA

A: The beer is clear dark golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that left a large patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nondescript malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of light malts along with slight hints of sweetness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems a lot more like an American Blonde Ale than a Belgian Pale Ale. I didn't get any bits of Belgian yeast in the smell or taste.

Nov 01, 2013
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beertunes from Kiribati

3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle poured into straight pint glass. Poured a hazy yellow color with over 3/4 inch of white head that decent retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma featured a good grain base, had a bright yeast scent, and had a bit of spiciness floating around. The flavors followed the scents pretty closely, grain, spice, and yeast, it was a pretty typical flavor profile for the style.

The body was smooth and even, with a clean finish. Drinkability was good, the beer went down smoothly and quickly. Overall, a nice little beer, but nothing special. Worth grabbing if you see a nice price on it.

Jul 17, 2013
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mhaugo from California

1.97/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.
Appearance: Light butterscotch, thin white head, as cloudy as grandma’s cataract.
Smell: I swear to god this smells like a skunked Corona. It’s that bottle that’s been sitting on the shelf at 7-11 for who knows how long and could not have possibly absorbed more light. Mutated, spicy noble hops. Terrible.
Taste: Also tastes like bad Corona. Bad Corona that someone ran through a grain bed of pilsner malt and wheat. I almost could not finish it.
Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation.
Overall: This brewery could not possibly ask more of me as a consumer. I heard about what they’re doing, went out and purchased a bottle of each, and will probably never buy anything else they make. I’ve been underwhelmed five times in a row. This beer may be the worst of them. I absolutely love the artwork on their labels, and the fact that they intend to rotate them, but I guess I’ll be appreciating them on the shelf going forward.

Jul 04, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A light and spritzy brew with a distinct Belgian edge. Pale hazy golden in the glass with a modest foam and adequate spritzy mouthfeel. This tastes a lot like the Swing Session Saison from Victory that I tried last night, though a little more robust. Still this is pale and light bodied with yeasty funk and more of a Brettanomyces flavor. A pleasant beery smell.

Very bitter with the yeasty flavors, lasting long into the aftertaste. Quite drinkable and not overpriced. But very dry and hard edged. No trace of fruit or mellow malt in this one. Eventually this just pushes to the bitter end and I can't finish a bottle of this stuff, in spite of its virtues. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego for $5.15.

Apr 26, 2013
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clouded yellow gold with a decently thick white-ish head. Nice Belgian profile on this. It's been aging for at least 8 or 9 months, I think, so it seems somewhat mellow. Tones of lemon, though not obnoxiously so. Mild yeast and bread are also there. A nice easy drinker. Not too bad, and better than I seem to recall from the last time I tried this beer.

Apr 11, 2013
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.26/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

16.9 fluid oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Cap N Cork liquor in Los Feliz and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Cost was $5.99. Expectations are above average; I dig the marketing.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention - thought the ABV is merely 5.50%. Body colour is a pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Transparent. Nonopaque.

Sm: Fresh clean pale malts. Lemongrass. Lemon zest. Citrus zest. A clean appealing aroma for the style. Little yeast. No alcohol is detectable. An average strength aroma. A bit adulterated. Artificial floral notes. Artificial lime. A bit reminiscent of a crappy Spanish lager.

T/Mf: Artificial crappy lime up front immediately. A clean malt and decent zesty lemon body. Comes off artificial and a bit syrupy. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Very strange for the style. A bit garbage. I don't care much for it. It's certainly not well balanced. Overly malty. Poorly built for the style.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming and overpriced. Very forgettable. Beneath pedestrian. Why brew this? I don't look forward to trying this brewery's other beers.


Oct 29, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a 1 inch foamy tan head that fades to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and some slight skunk which is weird because the bottle is brown. The smell reminds me more of a foreign lager than a Belgian style pale ale. Fortunately, the taste is much better with malt, grain, yeast, and some spice flavors on the finish. I am also picking up some grassy and herbal flavors as the beer warms up a bit. There is a medium spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that walks an interesting balance of having a mediocre smell but a great taste.

Jun 23, 2012
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Wowcoolman from California

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Whole Foods with Brian Mercer, the creative force behind Brouwerij West. Pours a yellow-gold color with some head retention. The nose is a tad funky with some lemony esters joining in. The taste is refreshing with a dry, straw-like character and a slight phenolic finish. Brain is devoted to recreating Belgian flavors and I would not think this was a West Coast beer. The mouthfeel is ample and creamy. Quite enjoyable if you enjoy old world styles.

Jun 02, 2012
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womencantsail from California

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Provisions

A: The pour on this one is a clear, pale straw color with a small white head.

S: An almost popcorn-like aroma with a decent amount of bread. A strong grass and floral perfume aroma along with a touch of melon. Fairly light yeast, phenols, and esters.

T: Decently sweet with a fair amount of bread. A bit of citrus peel and spice on the middle of the palate. Lightly grassy with some perfume character and floral notes.

M: The body is fairly light with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A decent light Belgian beer, but not really my favorite.

Jul 24, 2011
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jminsc76 from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap presently at The Library in Santa Monica.

Pours a white frothy head atop a yellow, golden body. A highly effervescent look with pretty bubbles rising and dancing upon agitation.

The bouquet is highly floral, with strong wheat aromas and mild lavender. More or less it's like smelling a White Orchard from The Bruery, though slightly less floral, with more wheat and yeast.

Flavors are yeasty, much like the aromas, much like White Orchard, though smoother and with substantial meat behind it. It’s almost as if I am chewing on the wheat, with a highly complex, smooth, dry heartiness that makes it so pleasant. Which leads me to the…

…mouthfeel, which is dry and ebullient upon swishing, and very clean.

Overall, this is damn good, maintaining high drinkability both from its flavors, mouthfeel, and excellent crispness. Ideal for pairing with food (thinking a good salad with some goat cheese or a fish dish) as well as a standalone sipping aperitif. Easily could I throw back two or three per sitting.

May 03, 2011
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Pale yellow in color with little head retention on top. The aroma is difficult to make out; it smells most like a barnyard. A little sulfur make way. I thought the funk would lighten up from there, but it keeps going strong into the taste. From the taste, I could close my eyes and pretend I was on a farm. In fact, it seems to resemble a saison better than a Belgian Blond. At some points it's pushing itself to being uncomfortable, though I find a way enjoy it. This is definately not for the faint of heart.

Apr 25, 2011
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beagle75 from Iowa

3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft service into a long-stemmed fluted tulip glass at Beachwood BBQ.

A: Slightly hazy, medium golden color with one finger of fine white foam head. No lacing remains on the glass, although a few submerged and clustered bubbles cling to the side.

S: Toasted grain and clean but characterful Belgian yeast present a smell that is slightly spicy and herbaceous, but otherwise clean.

T: Begins almost dry, with bright fruit consisting of pear and golden raisin alongside estery farmhouse yeast. Acidity is managed well, remaining restrained but lively. Delicate pale malt emerges in the middle as flavors of malt and yeast turn bready. The finish is mild and yeasty, seeing a tasteful and palate-cleansing resurgence of acidity.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, refreshing on the palate, early acidity is not quite felt, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is an unassuming beer of ordinary strength and intensity that delivers Belgian-style character in exactly the expected quantity. Comparable to Russian River Redemption, it lacks the extreme dryness and blanketing wheat-like quality of that other beer. It is a bit limp to look at, in a way that Russian River beers almost never are, but otherwise it makes for a worthy saison/single cross-over.

Apr 23, 2011
Blond from Brouwerij West
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 29 ratings